Calendar: Get Steamy

21 09 2011

Anachronism seems to be on the menu this week. Get your fill of steampunk at the Steam Expo or learn how to navigate using the stars. Get your pets blessed by the Friars of St. Francis of Assisi or look into the past with a Night Sky Viewing.

Steam Expo – Discover the collision of history, technology, imagination and attitude that make up the world of steampunk. SATURDAY & SUNDAY at Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan). Weekend pass $40. victoriasteamexpo.com.

Basset Hound Picnic – Honor the splendor that is the basset hound at this annual picnic. Includes blessing of pets by the Friars of St. Francis of Assisi. SATURDAY 10:30am at Dominion Brook Park (8732-8864 East Saanich). Free. 250-382-1754.

Starry Night Navigation – Learn the methods and science behind navigation using the stars, moon and planets. Then test your skills out on the water aboard one of Five Star’s Whale Watching’s signature vessels. SATURDAY 6:30-9:30pm at the Maritime Museum of BC (28 Bastion Square). $85/$65 for youths(6-18 years). 250-385-4222.

Night Sky Viewing – Enjoy the wonders of the night sky with the Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Including inside activities for adults and children, equipment demonstrations and audiovisual presentations relating to the night sky. Outside observing activities will take place weather permitting. MONDAY 6:30-10pm at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association (1330 Fairfield). Free. 250-380-6358.

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Calendar: Dancing in the Streets

14 09 2011

So much to do, so little time. Make the most of what you’ve got by enjoying some of this week’s events.

Find the artisan your looking for at Rock Bay Square’s open house . Get to know your neighbours at South Jubilee’s Street fest or The Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club’s September Social . Get an early start on hayrides with the Harvest Threshing weekend.

Wedding season may be coming to an end, but the Victoria Bridal Expo will help you plan next years nuptials.

Rock Bay Square – Open house featuring furniture makers, jewelers, leather artisans, writers and more. FRIDAY 3-8pm at 205-2614 Bridge. Free. 250-382-0098.

Harvest Threshing Weekend – Hay threshing demos, museums, refreshments, trails, entertainment, train rides and heritage express tractor rides. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9:30am-4:30pm at Heritage Acres (7321 Lochside). $7/free children under 12. 250-652-5522, shas.ca.

Streetfest – The South Jubilee neighbourhood’s annual street party invites everyone out for an afternoon of music, food, performers, a garden exchange, baking table, children’s activities, community info and much more. Everyone welcome. SATURDAY 1-5pm at Redfern Park (Leighton road). Free. 250-589-0113.

September Social – Meet other downtown residents and try your hand at lawn bowling! Cash bar & food sales on-site. Registration is first come, first served. SATURDAY 3-6pm at The Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club (720 Belleville). $10. 250-386-5501, wdbowkett@gmail.com.

Bridal Expo – Find everything wedding under one roof. Dresses, favours, florists and more! SUNDAY 10am-4pm at the Crystal Garden (713 Douglas). $18. bridalevents.ca.





Calendar: Fall? Not Yet!

31 08 2011

Noooooooo! Not yet!

Are the leaves outside looking a little brown? Does it feel a little colder than it did yesterday? Give denial a hand by distracting yourself with this weeks events.

Greek Fest – Offering an array of authentic Greek food, desserts, baked goods, a Greek deli, arts and crafts, continuous live music and folk dancing from many different cultures including Greek, Middle Eastern, European and others.  THURSDAY-MONDAY 11am at the Greek Community Centre (4648 Elk Lake). Free. greekfest.ca.

Saanich Fair – Celebrate the end of summer with a good ol’ fashioned fair. Includes midway, exhibitions, rides, competitions and more. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 8am-9pm, MONDAY 8am-6pm at the Saanich Fairgrounds (1528 Stellys Cross). Free-$10. saanichfair.ca.

Stand Up Paddle Board Race – Head down to the beach and enjoy a BBQ, and paddle board races. SUNDAY 10am at Gyro Park. Free. 250-218-0711, surf-sup.ca.

Chess in the Square – Learn to play giant chess, blitz, casual games and more. Presented by the Victoria Junior Chess Society and the DVBA. SUNDAY noon-4pm in the CRD Plaza (Centennial Square). Free. victoriajuniorchess.com.

Fall Flair Fashion Show – Local fashion, appies, drinks, silent auction items and door prizes, plus a live fashion show featuring media personalities from KOOL FM, /A\ Vancouver Island and CFAX. WEDNESDAY 8pm at The Atrium (800 Yates). $20. tourderock@bellmedia.ca.

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Calendar: Fringe Fest and More!

24 08 2011

It’s Fringe season again, but if you’re not into theatre, you might be feeling a little left out. Never fear! Victoria still has plenty going on. Get outside and learn about frogs at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary or take in the Johnson Street and Greek Festivals. Freshen up your dog and enjoy a brew at the Phillips Brewing company dog wash fundraiser. Or get into Victoria’s coffee scene with For the Love of Coffee, coffee exhibition and Western Barista Championships.

Frog Day – Discover what makes frogs so fabulous. Featuring puppet shows, hands-on displays, live andimals and froggy crafts. THURSDAY noon-3pm at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). By donation/$3 for crafts. 250-479-0211.

Tour De Rock BBQ Bash – Come down to and enjoy a BBQ in support of the Tour de Rock. Food, drinks, music and more! THURSDAY 5-9pm at Glo (104-2940 Justland). $20. 250-385-5643.

Fringe Block Party – Kick off the Fringe in style! Featuring Fruit Bats and The Archers. THURSDAY 7pm at Centennial Square. All ages. Free. victoriafringe.com.  

For the Love of Coffee – Browse coffee exhibits and watch the exciting Western Barista Championships. SATURDAY 8am-9pm & SUNDAY 11am-9pm at the Crystal Gardens. $5. 250-544-1778.

Johnson Street Festival – Support Make-A-Wish BC while enjoying entertainment, children activities and more! SATURDAY 10am-6pm on the 500 & 600 blocks of Johnson. Free. makeawishbc.ca.

Dog Wash Fundraiser – Bring Fido down for a refreshing bath while you sample tantalizing brews from Phillips! (Must be 19+ to sample brews). SATURDAY noon-4pm at Phillips Brewing Company (2010 Government). By donation. 250-380-1912.

Tour De Rock Bachelor Auction – Kool Fm and Channel A bring you hot studs! Funds raised support Tour De Rock. SATURDAY 9pm at 9one9 (919 Douglas). Free. tourderock@nellmedia.ca.

Greek Fest – Offering an array of authentic Greek food, desserts, baked goods, a Greek deli, arts and crafts, continuous live music and folk dancing from many different cultures including Greek, Middle Eastern, European and others.  TUESDAY-Sept. 5 11am at the Greek Community Centre (4648 Elk Lake). Free. greekfest.ca.





Calendar: Good Fibrations

17 08 2011

Have more fun than a kitten at a knitting bee.

Does yarn make you swoon? Does crafting drive you crazy with desire? Does fibre leave you feeling fabulous? Then good news, Fibrations has arrived! This all-things-fiber event gives the public access to demonstrations, hands-on activities and, best of all, fibre!

If crafting isn’t the centre of your universe, there’s plenty of other events this weekend. The Queen Alexandra Foundation is hosting a car show/picnic to raise funds for it’s latest project, housing for families of children that need to travel for medical treatments. The Fringe kicks off this years festival with an ’80s Prom Dance Party in Centennial Square.

Like it or not, there’s no excuse to be bored this weekend!

Cheesecake Burlesque Carwash Fundraiser – Can you think of a better way to to spend a Saturday than having lovely ladies suds up your jalopy? Neither could we. 11am-3pm at the Mohawk Gas Station (2100 Quadra). By donation. cheesecakeburlesque.com.

Queen Alexandra Car Picnic – European and classic car enthusiasts gather to celebrate and help children and their families. SUNDAY 10am-2pm at the Queen Alexandra Foundation grounds (2400 Arbutus). Picnic by donation, $20 for vehicle registration. 250-519-6955.

Fibrations – A community-based celebration of fibre artists sharing their enthusiasm for craft through demonstrations, hands-on activities and market. SUNDAY 10am-4pm at St. Ann’s Academy Orchard (835 Humboldt). Free. fibrations.ca.

Fringe ’80s Prom Dance Party – Dance like it’s 1986! DJ Mz Niko will spin tunes from the Fringe’s inaugural year and revelers are encouraged to don prom attire for the festivities to kick off the 25th Fringe. Includes fun for the whole family, a Luminara parade and a crazy dance flash mob (shhh! Don’t tell anyone!). TUESDAY 7pm Centennial Square. Free.

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Calendar: Make the Most of it

20 07 2011

The sun seems to have forgotten what season it is, but that doesn’t mean you can’t party like its 25°C  outside. Show the weather who’s boss by getting outside for some good ol’ fashioned Victoria fun.

Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food & Wine – Showcasing more than 100 BC wines and a variety of local cuisine prepared by top Vancouver Island chefs. THURSDAY to July 24. Visit victoriataste.com for a detailed schedule of events.

Banzai Japan! – Exciting performances, sumo competitions and more, all to raise funds the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. THURSDAY 7pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $20. 250-208-4542.

Fun Day In The Park – Bring your family and friends and take in some amazing live entertainment. Join in on our silent auction, bake sale, hamburger sale, raffles, CCFC bingo, Noodle Box tent game, mystery fish tank and more. Proceeds support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. SATURDAY 11am-4pm at Cadboro-Gyro Park. Free. 250-721-1574.

Cuba Day – Celebrate the accomplishments of the Cuban revolution. Includes presentation from Dr. Patricia Arenas Bautista, folk music and full dinner. SATURDAY 4:30pm at 1241 Balmoral. $15. victoriacubafund.wordpress.com.

Lion Dance Parade – Watch lion dancers and Kung Fu demonstrations at this family event. SUNDAY 1pm at the Gates of Harmonious Interest (the corner of Herald and Government). Free. 250-386-3713.

Taking Care of Mom – An afternoon of relaxation and rejuvenation just for moms! Featuring speakers, exhibitors, door prizes, mini makeovers, massages, mini spa treatments, loot bags and more! SUNDAY 1-5pm at The Ambrosia Event Centre (638 Fisgard). $40. 250-661-5686.

Library CSI – Forensics expert Cpl. Marie-Ann Davidson and Cpl. Chris Swain visit the library to teach you all about fingerprints, footprints and the art of investigation. Registration required. Ages 7 and up. WEDNESDAY 1-2pm at the Sidney/North Saanich Library (10091 Reshaven). Free. 250-656-0944.

Creatures of the Summer Night – Sharpen your night senses with owl prowling and raccoon trailing. Suitable for families with children over 6 years. Registration required. WEDNESDAY 7:30pm at Swan Lake. $6/$4 Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary members. 250-470-0211, info@swanlake.bc.ca.

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Calendar: The International Buskers Festival

13 07 2011
Flame Oz

Flame Oz is just one of the many acts that'll grace Victoria during The International Buskers Festival.

With the International Buskers Festival in town, there’s no shortage of entertainment in downtown Victoria this week.

Big, Wet, Mammal Day – Otters, mink, beaver and muskrats, they’re all animals that make their home in Swan Lake. Discover what it takes to be at home in a watery world. Crafts, games, songs and touchable stuff. THURSDAY noon at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). By donation/crafts $3. 250-479-0211.

Fundraising Fête – Enjoy an evening of appetizers and auctions to help raise funds for Beverly Dondale’s film, Hostage Diner. THURSDAY 6-10pm at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora). Free. 250-590-1500.

International Buskers Festival – A family oriented event featuring busker acts from Australia, the US, Europe, and across Canada. FRIDAY-SUNDAY. Free. victoriabuskers.com.

Pruning Workshops – The BC Fruit Testers Association and Royal Roads University invite the public to learn more about summer pruning techniques and tree maintenance. Pruning 10am-noon. Budding & tree maintenance 12:30-1:30pm. All SATURDAY at Royal Roads University Orchard (2005 Sooke). Free. 250-656-0815.

Ford’n’Friends – Autoshow and picnic. Bring the kids and enjoy the whole day exploring the many attractions. SUNDAY 9am-4pm at Heritage Acres (7321 Lockside). $7. 250-479-4563.

VIVA-Raw Potluck – Please bring a prepared raw vegan dish to serve 6 or more adults, ingredients list, serving utensils plus your own plate and cutlery. With presentation by Diana Kucharska, wild food forager. SUNDAY 5:30-8:30pm at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). $5. 250-380-6383.





Calendar: Picnics, Wrestling and Rollerderby

24 06 2011

Sagacity Annual Family Picnic – Who says you have to be kinky to have fun? THURSDAY 2pm at Gyro Park Beach. Free. sagacitygroup.net.

Summer Scentsation – The Victoria Lily Society hosts a display and tea. SATURDAY 10am-3:30pm at James Bay Community Center (140 Oswego). By donation. 250-389-1470.

Cordova Bay Day – Clowns, face painting, bouncy castle, golf games, refreshments, ice-cream and Block Watch. SATURDAY noon-2pm at St. David By The Sea Anglican Church (5182 Cordova Bay). Free. 250-658-8149.

Bret Hart – Autograph signing by the legendary former WWF/WWE/WCW pro wrestler. SATURDAY 2-4pm at 814 Broughton. $25 per autograph. 250-380-1958.

Eves of Destruction – Taking on Slaughter County’s Death Rattle Rollers. SATURDAY 6pm at Archie Browning Sports Center (1151 Esquimalt). $15/$10. evesofdestruction.com.

High Tea for Haiti – Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of good food, local music, friendly company and amazing gift baskets in support of École Mixte Petite Coeur de Jesus, an elementary school in Port au Prince. SUNDAY 1:30-4:30pm at Metchosin Community House (4430 Happy Valley). $8. 250-478-5155.

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Calendar: Father’s Day Weekend

16 06 2011

It may be Father’s Day weekend, but that doesn’t mean that there’s fun to be had for everyone. Festivals and fairs abound and cover everything from dogs to culture, to blacksmithing, flirting and crafts.

Summer Fair – Including steam engines, museum, blacksmith demonstrations, entertainment, forest trails, train rides, log house and loads of family fun. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9am-3:30pm at Heritage Acres (7321 Lockside). $7/free for kids under 12 years. 250-652-5522, shas.ca.

VIC Fest – A day filled with culture, entertainment and samplings of select Breweries and Wineries from Vancouver Island. Performances by Jon and Roy, Maurice, Acres Of Lions, Quoia, Georia Murray, Everybody Left, Cheesecake Burlesque Revue and Pocket Kings. SATURDAY 11am-10pm on the Academy Green, St. Ann’s Academy (835 Humboldt). $40. 250-953-8828.

Best in Show: The Dog Show for Mutts – Dog contest includes best dressed, looks most like owner, best trick, most distinguishing feature, cutest dog, most original hair and best voice. Proceeds support the BCSPCA. SATURDAY 11am-3pm at the Ocean Pointe Resort Patio (45 Songhees). Free. 250-360-5894.

Wild About Whales – Adopt a whale and watch it race down the Gorge Waterway for a chance to win one of six ‘fintastic’ prizes. With face painting, inflatables, conoe rides and more. Proceeds support school programs for kids. SATURDAY 1:30-4:30pm at Esquimalt Gorge Park. Free. 250-384-9133, bgcvic.org.

Flirtfest – A revolutionary event where women don’t wait for men to make the move. Participants are given the skills and encouragement to take control. Registration required. SATURDAY 7-10pm at Karma (603 pandora). $29. 1-888-879-0061, rclub.ca/victoria.

Outdoor Discovery Day – An introduction to shooting sports, including archery, blackpowder, trap, pistol, rifle, cowboy action and airsoft. No Firearms license required. SUNDAY 10am-3pm at 700 Holker. Free. 250-896-0979.

First Peoples Festival – Celebrating National Aboriginal Day with cultural presentations by Unity Drummers and Singers, and special performances by the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Dancers. SUNDAY 11am-5pm in Centennial Square. Free. 250-953-8808.

Iconocraft – Showcasing some of Victoria’s most exciting guerrilla crafters and artists, while giving the public an opportunity to craft for themselves. WEDNESDAY 7pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10 (includes $3 of craft-making tokens). iconocraft.com.

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Calendar: Buccaneers & Bikes

9 06 2011

Food and fun rule this weekend, whether your looking to support a cause or indulge in a little costume play.  Step out for dinner at the EMCS Fundraiser or Food Fest: both promise gourmet food and fun. If you’re looking for a little more whimsey, step back in time with Esquimalt’s Buccaneer Days, Jump Ship, Ritterfest or Art Attire. If you’re just interested in a quiet weekend exploring try the Victoria Hospice Foundation’s Teeny Tiny Garden Tour or the Pits & Whips Car show.

EMCS Fundraiser – Come out and support the Edward Milne Community School. Culinary arts students and sooke harbour house chefs will create wonderful food! THURSDAY 5pm at Sooke Harbour House (1528 Whiffen Spit). $55. 250-642-5211 ext.1142.

Buccaneer Days – Esquimalt’s premier summer community celebration. Enjoy the midway, vendors, contests, food, entertianment and more. FRIDAY noon-1:30pm, SATURDAY 7:30am-2am & SUNDAY 8am-5pm at the Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt) & Bullen Park. Free. esquimalt.ca.

Jumpship – Brings mind blowing skill and fearless competitiveness to a new level as riders will battle for cash and personal pride on the surface of a floating barge. FRIDAY 2-7pm, SATURDAY 11am-8pm & SUNDAY 11am-5pm in the Inner Harbour. Free. For a detailed schedule visit jumpshipcontest.com.

Ritterfest – Celebrate the end of the school year with this Medieval Festival. Featuring music, tournaments, crafts, refreshments and silent auction. Please bring you own food utensils. SATURDAY 10am-1pm at the Goward House (2595 Arbutus). $5/$10 per family. 250-385-5069, victoriagermanschool.org.

Art Attire – A wearable art extravaganza showcasing “sculpture for the human body.” Featuring origianl designs and creations from BC artists. SATURDAY 7:30-10:30pm at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss). $50-$65. 250-384-4171.

Teeny Tiny Garden Tour – Proceeds support the Victoria Hospice Foundation. SUNDAY 9am-5pm at various locations throughout Victoria. $25. 250-952-5720, victoriahospicefoundation.ca.

Pits & Whips Car Show – An open class car show, prizes awarded for best in show, best import, best domestic, best truck/suv and best motorcycle. Door prizes and raffles to be won. Proceeds support the local Dog Rescue. SUNDAY 10:30am-3:30pm at Gyro Park. Free. shanewilo@hotmail.com.

Food Fest – Enjoy live music while sampling the Island’s best beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits. Chat with local artists and pick up locally grown produce at our farmers market. Presented by the Island Chef’s Collaborative. SUNDAY noon-4pn at the Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. $50/$25 for youth 9-16 years/$100 per family. iccbc.ca

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